Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Games and Education

As my presentation at the VaHomeschoolers 2011 Conference and Resource Fair approaches, I am trying to look outside my own personal experiences to learn what other educators are doing with role-playing games in the classroom. Although I have a long familiarity with RPGs, I am still a neophyte when it comes to using them as educational tools. It turns out that educators are doing a lot of cool things out there, and I want to be able to share some of those things at the conference and point homeschoolers to these resources when they consider bringing RPGs to their students.

As an example, David Millians has a blog called Games & Education with some useful resources. In a recent entry, he posted some old brochures that he produced back in the '90's. Although some of the games mentioned in the brochures are no longer published, the brochures themselves offer insights about the educational benefits of games in general (not just RPGs) and how to get the most out of them in the classroom setting. He talks about things like setting goals, how much time to set aside for gaming activities, and follow-up exercises to enhance learning.

Good stuff.

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